Convicted Killer Seeks Pardon in Delaware

May 23, 2013


DOVER, Del. (AP) - A convicted killer is asking the state Board of Pardons to commute his life sentence for first-degree murder.

Robert W. Hassett III was convicted of stabbing his stepmother to death with a steak knife in 2000.

According to court records, the stabbing followed an argument between Hassett and his father over loud music and partying in the apartment where he lived next to his father's mobile home in Seaford.

Hassett claimed that a friend of his killed his stepmother, but the jury rejected the notion.

Hassett's request for commutation is among several cases the Board of Pardons was to consider at its meeting Thursday in Dover.